Grooming February 22, 2017

February 22, 2017; grooming report

Today’s report is brought to you by this weekend’s Big Bay trails, The Honey Bear Classic.

Don’t let this February thaw lull you into a false sense of spring. This Saturday looks to be a winter wonderland. Regardless the ski conditions, the social conditions at the Honey Bear Classic are not to be missed.

Please join us in celebrating the Big Bay Ski Pathway, located at the end of KG road (turn left at the famous Lumberjack). This family friendly event will highlight youth and adult ski events and activities, prizes, refreshments and a weenie roast. Have your photo taken with the local Honey Bear! Wear a shirt or hat that says Big Bay or Honey Bear for a special prize.

Explore this unique trail on skis or snowshoes and, for the more adventurous, trek up to the scenic Ridgeline Trail. The 6K Meditation Loop is great for beginner to intermediate skill levels while 7K Hidden Grin and 12K Bear Mountain Loops offer a more challenging trek.

The Honey Bear 12K challenge will be timed and prizes awarded to those who come closest to their estimated times.

Powell Township students and parents ski free and for visitors, a special 2-for-1, $8 ski pass will be available at the trailhead for this day only! If you frequent the Pathway, the NTN “Powell Pass” is available through, which also includes the Saux Head trails.

For more information, call Marcia at 906-345-0149

Real Grooming Report Forestville:  Continued warm overnight temperatures kept all groomers parked this morning. Most trails still have a good base. If the trails are firm you may have a very enjoyable spring ski. If the trails are so soft that you punch through and leave deep ruts please stay off the trails. If you have first hand information on trail conditions please reply to this email or post to face book.


Saux Head: As above.

Fit Strip Trails: Fit strip groomed and tracked as needed but at least weekly. The thaw is likely to have taken a toll on the fit strip as there is a good amount of foot traffic as well as sun areas. If anyone has first hand information please respond and/or post to face book.



Big Bay Trails: All Trails were groomed Thursday except the Ridgeline. The thaw has parked the groomers until the cold returns later in the week.


Snow Bike Trails: Snow bike enthusiast are encouraged to visit the Face Book page dedicated to snow bike trails. Conditions vary from day to day and grooming is not a daily event. Each day bikers will comment on conditions and post pictures.

Way Too Long Grooming Report: Don’t put that summer storage wax on too soon. Saturday looks like winter in the forecast. On second thought, if one of you does tempt fate with premature storage wax the rest of us can be guaranteed great skiing Saturday.


Trail Host Volunteers Needed: I expect you have enjoyed the company and stervice of our trail head hosts over the years. You too can be a host volunteer. It is fun and warm work. You get to play with fire, meet interesting people and perform a valuable service to the community. The ideal volunteer provides services for a 3 hour shift once a week M-F. Our trail head coordinator is JJ Farrington. Please stop and say hi. If you would like to help out, call JJ Farrington for details. 248-242-2723.



Have you wanted to try skijoring with your dog? You can now rent a complete setup including a belt, line and harness at the Forestville trailhead for $5.

For more information or to get involved with the skijor club visit us on our facebook page, Noquemanon Skijor Club or contact Brent Skaw at

715-651-1202 /